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Moving Snohomish County Forward with the Safety You Deserve!

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Effective, Compassionate, and Inspirational Leadership

"The number one concern of residents and businesses in Snohomish County is Public Safety. In times that have been unprecedented for public safety, I have served the people with accountable and compassionate leadership.


The law enforcement profession has undergone incredible scrutiny nationwide, and some of it justifiably so.  I have been able to strike a balance of looking inward on how to deliver public safety services equitably, while still allowing pro-active policing and supporting our men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for our community. 

I look forward to continuing to serve our county with transparency, accountability and compassion in Moving Snohomish County Forward with the Safety You Deserve.

I ask for your vote."

- Sheriff Adam Fortney

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As your Sheriff, Adam believes it is important to support local charities and causes that benefit the community and he is personally passionate about many of them.

Engaging with the community, building relationships with residents and businesses and upholding their trust in our law enforcement are key components of Adam's focus and actions.

Sheriff Adam Fortney and Brandi Kruse

"Adam is a leader who is passionate about the community he serves and the agency he leads. He is not only servant to the men and women he works with and oversees, but also to the citizens of Snohomish County."

- Jay Baines

Commander Snohomish County Regional Task Force

“Sheriff Fortney has been a truly outstanding leader in prioritizing the safety of our communities during a time of increasing difficulties for Law Enforcement. Through his proactive partnerships with local jurisdictions, we have been able to combine resources and expertise to be more effective in our public safety priorities." 


- Jon Nehring, Mayor of Marysville

"Adam takes 'protect and serve' to the next level by being the first to pioneer youth mentorship programs in our community such as “LEAD the Way”, doing community outreach, cleaning up our city and helping those that are truly in need."

- Tyler Ware

Co-Teacher Lead the Way Program

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Two children dead after police unable to pursue speeding suspect due to Democrat-backed law

Two children dead after police unable to pursue speeding suspect due to Democrat-backed law

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"It's well past time that we start prioritizing victims of crime in Washington State, and not prioritizing criminals, and that's exactly what we've been doing." - Sheriff Adam Fortney

Published March 7, 2023 9:43am EST

2 children dead after Democrat-backed law prohibits police from pursuing suspect driving 111 mph

A Washington state sheriff has sounded the alarm on a Democrat-backed law that bars police officers from certain vehicular chases after two children were killed by a suspect driving more than 100 mph.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney joined "Fox & Friends First" to discuss why he believes the law is flawed and how the measure's opposition has garnered bipartisan support for change as crime continues to surge.

"I've been doing this, I'm going on 27 years … have never seen anything like it in my day and age," he told Ashley Strohmier on Tuesday. "I like to think in western Washington state we did a pretty good job prior to this legislation of managing our police pursuits, but when the politicians in Olympia got involved and changed the way we do business, it's just not working out."

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Sheriff’s Office Community Street Fair In South Everett A Big Hit   August 27, 2022

My Everett News

Sheriff Adam Fortney talked with and listened to citizens at the event.

Hundreds turned out to visit Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, the Sheriff’s Office staff, first responders and a huge variety of community resources at the Sheriff’s Office Community Street Fair in south Everett Saturday. The Fair was held in unincorporated Snohomish County on 8th Avenue West just north of 128th street between 11 AM and 3 PM. Here are a few photos from the event. Read more...


Policing reforms discussed at town hall  

Christopher Andersson, Jun 14, 2022 

North County Outlook

Public officials discussed policing in Snohomish County during a recent town hall held in Marysville on June 8.

County Sheriff Adam Fortney, County Council members Nate Nehring and Sam Low, and Chief of the Criminal Division at the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office Matthew Baldock discussed the state of policing in the county over the last few years.

Police officers have received a number of regulations from the state legislature, some of which were rolled back recently.

One law prevents police officers from initiating in car pursuit unless they are pursuing someone for violent or sex crimes.



Snohomish County Sheriff uses platform to fight ‘anti-police’ laws 

MyNorthwest Content Editor

Oct 15, 2022, 9:18 AM 


Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney’s focus is to address the recent crime wave

throughout the region, and he wants to fight laws that continuously make it harder for his department. 

He’s been public about his disdain for newly implemented laws restricting police pursuits

alongside the Washington Supreme Court’s State v. Blake decision, which ruled the felony drug possession law unconstitutional.

“People don’t know,” Fortney said when discussing his residents’ reaction to the laws listed previously. “The first thing I do is pick their jaw off the floor. They can not believe we can’t chase cars in the state of Washington, to a certain extent.”

Law enforcers and lawmakers in Snohomish County released a new video calling for Washington legislators to change the police reform laws enacted last year. The five minute video was played at the KTTH Freedom Series event.

Mayors join forces to fight crime in Snohomish County

You can watch his entire 1-on-1 conversation with Jason Rantz through the video here.   Read more...

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